Make a Difference

There are endless opportunities to make a difference and get involved in the Cedar Valley community. Check out any of our task forces below, become an ambassador and more!

Task Forces

Annual Celebration

Plan and execute the Annual Celebration. This event recognizes Grow Cedar Valley investors businesses and individuals with several different awards.

Bette Wubbena, Director of Events at Grow Cedar Valley
Bette Wubbena

Airport Working Group

To collaborate regionally to improve commercial air service at the Waterloo Regional Airport for the economic benefit of the Cedar Valley region.

Dave Beaty
Chair: Dave Beaty
Heartland Financial Services, LTD

Economic Inclusion

Highlight and recognize opportunities that promote the business case and the impact of economic inclusion in the Cedar Valley. The committee implements a variety of initiatives designed to promote economic inclusion in the workplace, such as inclusion-focused publications, special events, and educational seminars.

Jean Trainor
Chair: Jean Trainor
Inclusion Connection

Danny Laudick, Senior Program Director, Economic Development
Danny Laudick
Grow Cedar Valley

Government Affairs

Focused on economic growth and business improvement, working with local, state and federal governments to inform you on topics that will impact the business climate & community.

Mike McCrary
Chair: Mike McCrary
Lincoln Savings Bank

Investor Relations

Promote Grow Cedar Valley and increase investor engagement, retention, and education by listening to what the Cedar Valley wants and needs to grow and strengthen our community. 

Tom Nagle
Chair: Tom Nagle
Nagle Signs, Inc.


Create a platform for forward-thinking communications related professionals to learn from one another, generate new ideas, overcome obstacles and continue to innovate. Sharing victories, struggles, peer feedback, innovating marketing trends and more.

Taylor Thoma
Chair: Taylor Thoma
Community Bank & Trust

Strictly Business

Plan and execute the annual Strictly Business Expo. This event allows for Grow Cedar Valley investors to showcase their business to the community.

Sarah Goblirsch
Co-Chair: Sarah Goblirsch
UNI Career Services
Ted Bateman
Co-Chair: Ted Batemon
Electronic Engineer Co.


Grow Cedar Valley ambassadors serve as your inside connection and personal resource for all things in the Cedar Valley community. From welcoming you to the area, to helping you connect with others, the ambassadors are here to help you!



Get involved, be informed, and be part of the conversation about key issues and topics that relate to your business.

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